As Black women, we’re always looking for different ways to style our hair in order to change up our look. Maybe the next hairstyle you have chosen to wear is Marley twists, and you’re now looking to learn the basics about this hairstyle and how to style your hair when it’s in Marley twists.
So in this blog post, I will be providing a quick guide on Marley twists which will include which hair to use, how many packs of hair you’ll need, how to take care of your hair and also provide some Marley twists hairstyles you can choose from.
Now let’s get to it!
What are Marley twists?
Marley twist is a type of Senegalese twists that uses kinky hair instead of kanekalon hair, making it a perfect choice for women with 4c hair. You see the original Senegalese twist hairstyle requires that you stretch or straighten your hair so that your hairstyle can come out looking nice and smooth.
While this isn’t necessarily a bad idea, but overtime, as your natural coils starts to shrink due to humidity or after a wash, the Senegalese twist hairstyle will start to look frizzy and you’ll need to take down it earlier than planned.
What hair is used for Marley twists?
You can use any kinky texture hair extension such as Marley hair, Cuban hair and any other kinky hair extension you can find. If you prefer to install Marley twists with the crochet method, you can just buy the pre-looped Marley twists crochet hair packs.
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How many packs of hair do you need for Marley twist?
Depending on the length and volume you’re going for, the number of hair packs you’ll need will vary. Also note that you may get a different look depending on the hair you choose to work with. For example, crochet hair packs will give a more polished look, whereas, twisting your hair from scratch with Marley hair will give a bohemian look.
You should also note that Kanekalon hair is heavier than kinky hair extensions such as Marley hair. So even if your hairstyle may look big, you might not feel the weight as much if you used crochet hair packs or kinky twist hair, as opposed to Kanekalon hair such as Xpressions.
Marley Hair Packs: 5-7 Packs
Cuban Twists Hair: 5-7 Packs
Xpressions Hair: 4-6 Packs (the more hair you use, the heavier your hairtyle will feel)
Regular Kanekalon Hair: 10-14 Packs
Havana Twists Crochet: 5-7 hair packs
Marley Twists Crochet: 5-7 hair packs.
How long do Marley twist last for?
Your Marley twist hairstyle can last anywhere from 4-8 weeks, depending on how you installed it and how long you feel like wearing the hairstyle for. I wouldn’t recommend going beyond ten weeks though, otherwise, you might end up with extremely dry hair and possibly breakage.
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What’s the difference between Marley twist and Havana twist?
Although Marley twists and Havana twists are often used interchangeably, these hairstyles are actually distinct from one another. Simply put, Havana twists are about three times the size of Marley twists and they look more chunky in size than Marley twists.
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Are Marley twists heavy?
Marley twists aren’t heavy, even if you use a lot of hair packs to style your hair. As a matter of fact, the light weight nature of Marley twists and the fact that the kinky hair extensions blends so naturally into type 4 hair textures is the reason why Black women will often choose Marley twist over Senegalese twists.
Four ways to install Marley twists
1) The Invisible Method by Hair by Jla D.
2) The Rubber Band Method by TheKeyisME.
3) Individual Crochet with Rubber band on short 4c Hair by Princess Clarke.
This hairstyle is perfect for short 4c hair that might be too short for the invisible method. The pre-looped crochet hair packs also makes it so much easier and faster for a beginner to be able to do this hairstyle.
4) Cornrow Crochet Method with Individual Crotchet At the Front by Terry Vassall.
This is the fastest method and can be completed within two hours or less. You can also reuse the hair if you take good care of it while it’s installed in your hair.
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1) Marley Twist with Cornrows at the Back
2) Burgundy Top Bun Crochet Marley Twist
3) Half Up Half Down Marley Twists
4) Medium Marley Twists
5) Ombrè Box Marley Twists
6) Duo-tone Marley Twists
7) Classic Shoulder Length Marley Twists
8) Jumbo Marley Twists
9) Marley Twists with Curly Ends on 4c Hair
Perm rods were used to achieve the curly ends.
9) Jumbo Kinky Twists
10) Rubber band Marley Twists
11) Marley Twists Invisible Method
12) Jumbo Bob Marley Twists
13) Hip Length Marley Twists
14) Marley Twists with Curly Ends
15) Hip Length Marley Twists
Evnthough this hairstyle is long, it doesn’t weigh much because the kinky twist hair that was used doesn’t put too much strain on the scalp.
16) Light Brown Beaded Twists
17) Honey Blonde Marley Twists with Wavy Ends
18) Waist Length Marley Twists on 4c hair
19) Jumbo Long Marley Twists
20) Average Sized Marley Twists
21) Short Marley Twists in a Bob
22) Medium Length Ombre Marley Twists
23) Small Marley Twists
24) Medium Sized Marley Twists
25) Jumbo Marley Twists at Shoulder Length
26) Half Up Shoulder Length Marley Twists
27) Purple Marley Twists
28) Burgundy Marley Twists
29) Accessorized Dual-tone Marley Twists
30) Side swoop Marley Twists with Cornrows
31) Loosely twisted Bob Marley Twists
32) Super Long Twists with Curly Ends
it looks like kanekalon hair was used for this hairstyle.
33) Marley Twists on Short 4c Hair
The kinky texture of Marley twists makes it blend so naturally into 4c hair textue and it can be styled in various ways.
34) Side Cornrow With Marley Twists
35) Medium Length Marley Twists
36) Accessorized Bohemian Marley Twists
37) Short Mini Marley Twists
38) Classic Shoulder Length Marley Twists With Curly Ends
39) Blended Highlight Twists
40) Gorgeous Classic Twists
Which is your favorite hairstyle and which one are you going to be trying first? Let me know in the comment section.